February 13, 2007

Bangladesh announces world cup squad

After winning the 3-1 one day series over Zimbabwe the moral of Bangladesh Cricket team should be high. And there are no surprises in the announced 15 memeber Bangladesh squad for the world cup except the exclusion of long serving wicket keeper and ex captain Khaled Mashud. He has been a fighter who could so far earn his place despite batting limitations. No doubt he is the finest of the wicket keeper Bangladesh had ever produced. He was dropped in the recent Zimbabwe tour after he told the press that he is the automatic choice for the selectors in any Bangladesh team. Mushfiqur Rahim is a young keeper with batting depth and some international exposure, ideally what Bangladesh was looking for. Moreover he did well in Zimbabwe.

The only rookie is Tamim Iqbal, who has done very well in the last domestic season but yet to get sufficient international exposure. Recently Bangla Cricket has done a evaluation on Bangladeshi players. Go check it.

This time Bangladesh is going to the world cup with a target, captain Habibul Bashar says:

"We know it will not be an easy task to beat at least one team like India and Sri Lanka to make our dream come true. But I think there is hardly any meaning to our trip if we have no target. I will not be surprised if my team beat any big fish in the competition."

Yes, gone are the days when Bangladesh was only playing to get experience.


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